"Fracture treatments at Wigan and Wrightington"

About: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary / Accident and emergency Wrightington Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I broke my wrist 2 yrs ago, clearly it should have been pinned immediately. Consultant tried to straighten and align the wrist, agony for days as it had moved - no surprise.

Request referal to Wrightington, 'lost' notes, turned up for my op - no records, all docs' op lists full. In agont, rang a manager at Wigan, complained, got it sorted. Staff v. nice at Wigan.

It was a very icy morning when i broke my wrist, a plaster technician rushed in, got equipment and said: 'Why don't people listen to the forecast, why don't people stay in when the weather is so bad', - i replied, 'I am doing the same as you, i turned out for work, as people also depend on me'! I work with physically/learning disabled people. Not kind or productive comment when you are in pain. Physio team at Wrightington superb.

Recently broke my leg, (ooh eck) and had to return to Casualty at Wigan, super treatment, great plaster Technician, saw nurse practitioner who was more thorough than most Docs, referal to Wrightington nr my home for physio - once again superb.

Wigan hospital is either v. good or awful. No log sheets for equipment loan or return from casualty - why not? How else can eqipment be maintained and accounted for?

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